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Poster: edkinn Date: Oct 30, 2008 4:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

I have been tasked by a friend who has just recently 'found' the GD, to provide him with the best stuff from both of these years. He has listened to a cross-section of shows from most era's, and he has decided that 1972 & 1973 are best the Dead had to offer.
Although this might be debatable, it is a strong choice. I think he is inclined towards the psychedelic-cowboy sound.

I have a few shows in mind but wanted to solicit some expert opinions before letting him loose.

Thanks in advance.

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Oct 30, 2008 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

I'm making, or better yet, improving upon a previous DVD that I gave to some friends where I filled it with about 20 GD concerts from 68-95. In retrospect I didn't like some of my choices. So now I'm redoing it. Now I haven't added 5 shows for 72 and 73, instead 3-4 from each. This is what I came up with:

1972-04-24 - Rhinehalle, Germany
1972-08-21 - Berkeley Community Theater, CA
1972-09-27 - Stanley Theater, NJ
1972-04-08 - Wembley Stadium, London

Rhinehalle was released as Rockin' On The Rhine I believe and has stunning sound quality. Absolutely stunning. Better than most of the Dick's Picks. The playing is superb and tight for just about every song. A must have for top 5 in 1972. 8/21 is not usually favored during that Aug stretch, most people like 8/24 or 8/27. However 8/21 has a better Playin' and better Dark Star in my opinion than those other two. Plus the sound quality is fantastic. 8/27 just isn't that inspiring to me (Dick Latvala said it's the most over-rated concert, along with 5/8/77, in Dead history!) Any top 5 of 1972 must have a concert from September. Dick Picks released 3 from that month. Any of those shows will do. I like Dick's Picks 11 (9/27) but any will do. Lastly, Wembley has an absolutely famous Dark Star that is just beautiful. Most Dark Stars are freaky-deaky, tripped, mind-stealing as some people write. But this one is simply beautiful. The rest of the show is fantastic too. I agree with Dr. Flashback...a Top 5 for 1972 must include 2 Europe shows.

1973-05-26 - Kezar Stadium, SF
1973-06-10 - RFK Stadium, DC
1973-11-30 / 12-02 Boston Music Hall DP #14
1973-11-11 - Winterland, SF
2/15, 3/28, 6/22, 10/30, 11/14 are candidates for last spot

I think 5-26 is most definitely a top 5 in 1973. First it's a monster show, 4 hours, 3 sets. They play every song except Dark Star and they are beauties. The third set is a long jam for over 1 hour, Playin' is unique, and basically every single song they play regularly was played at this show. Plus it was a daytime concert. 6/10 I used to not like all that much but I've listened to Eyes, Dark Star, and Playin' again and realize that they are excellent and not like other versions for 1973. It's a real treat...also 3 sets and the last one they jam with the Allman Brothers. I now agree with others that it's a top 5 for 1973. The Boston shows are Dicks Picks #14 and holy shit do they rock. What weird, funky jams and mind-twisting weird shit that comes out of their guitars. 12/02 might be their best concert of the year. 11/11 is highlighted simply by the DS > MLB Jam > Eyes > China Doll combo. That 11/11 DS is probably my favorite, certainly top 3. I even cut out the MLB Jam into a separate track so I could listen to it over and over. 11/9 and 11/10 are average, slightly above average even though the sound quality is top notch.

Then there are a number of other shows that can occupy the last slot. I listed them there. Some days I choose one, other days I choose another. I'm quite fond of 6/22 PNE Vancouver and if that was your fifth choice you wouldn't be disappointed.

Hope that helps.

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Poster: edkinn Date: Oct 31, 2008 4:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73


I knew I would likely get a whole lot of content. But WOW! I knew about some of the stunners in Europe, BCT, Stanley, but that's about it. This will be just as much of a 'kid in a candy store' for me as it will be for my friend.

Thanks to all for the contributions.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 30, 2008 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

Nice, he just called me an expert...

Someone on here has said, "Please find me a bad show from 72-74." Amen ~

Euro 72 (as you know)

Sep/Oct 72 (as you know)

Fall/Winter 73 (once again, as you know)

Some links for you and your friend:

Attachment: EURO72.JPG

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Poster: Stealz Date: Oct 30, 2008 5:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73



Hell, I didn't even mention 6/09, 2/15, 2/09, 5/26, 3/24, 12/01, 11/30, 4/02, 3/16, 3/19.... Wait, never mind.

I'm not even going to touch 72. "If I say this, then I GOTTA add this and that whole run was sick but so was this and I've heard __/__ mentioned for years and there's a lot of people who like __/__, oh and I almost forgot __/__"

I'm stopping right here.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 30, 2008 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

stealz you are slipping, what about 7/1/73?

5/26/72 is a good one

11/11/73 - sorta like that one too

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 30, 2008 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73


1) 8/27/72: Accept no substitutes. IMO, the very best of '72 OR '73.
2) 9/26/72: Stanley Theater, as good as anything from Europe '72 tour.
3) 9/28/72: Stanley again, part of the same run. Ditto above.

1) 6/22/73: Vancouver, BC. One of the great all-time "Birdsongs", and a really etherial, mellow vibe to a fine '73 performance.
2) 11/17/73: Just discovered this show. Has my favorite ever 1973 version of "Eyes of the World."

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Oct 30, 2008 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

AMEN!!! To all of the rec's given. Here's another--10/24/72. The Philo Stomp during The Other One is monsterous!

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Oct 30, 2008 10:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

It would be hard to pick just the 5 best shows from Europe '72 let alone the whole of 1972. Personally I am partial to the European tour since Pigpen was involved and he added his unique flavor to these shows. The playing from that tour is Dead tour ever. Here are a few great shows to check out.

5/4/72 L'Olympia Theatre Paris France My favorite of the tour. Perfect show IMHO.
5/10/72 Concertgebouwe Amsterdam, The Netherlands Contains my pick for possibly the greatest Other One jam ever played. Absolutely mind bending second set!
5/11/72 Civic Hall Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5/16/72 Theatre Hall Radio Luxembourg
5/26/72 Strand Lyceum London England
And from the U.S...

9/26/72 Stanley Theatre Jersey City NJ
9/28/72 Stanley Theatre Jersey City NJ
12/31/72 Winterland San Francisco CA

Only scratches the surface. Don't miss a single Europe '72 show! The 1973 shows already mentioned speak for themselves.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2008-10-31 05:58:33

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Oct 30, 2008 6:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 73 the Honey Year

Try these on for size - Every single one has something very special to offer. As many many people have said before - 73 is the "Honey Year"

2/9/1973Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford U., Palo Alto,
2/15/1973Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wi.
2/17/1973St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul, Mn.
3/24/1973The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa.
5/26/1973Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Ca.
6/10/1973Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C.
6/22/1973P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
8/1/1973Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, N.J.
9/11/1973College Of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
9/15/1973Providence Civic Center, Providence, R.I.
9/21/1973The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa.
10/19/197Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City,
11/10/197Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.
11/11/197Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca.
11/14/197San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, Ca.
11/17/197Pauley Pavilion, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, Ca.
12/2/1973Boston Music Hall, Boston, Ma.
12/6/1973Cleveland, Ohio
12/19/1973Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, Fl.

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Poster: Ellis Van Sofa Date: Oct 30, 2008 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73


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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Oct 30, 2008 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73

I'll just post stuff he can find on the archive. Anything that's been officially released from these years is worth hearing too of course.





You ought to have your friend check out '74 and '75 if he likes this era.

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Oct 30, 2008 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 shows for 72 & 73


12/6/73 (Dark Star is overrated but everything else delivers)